Cristelle Tolentino (center) was crowned Miss Manila 2016 (Photo credit: Joy Arguil)
You will remember Cristelle Tolentino as an Official Candidate of last year’s Miss Republic of the Philippines when her best efforts were rewarded with only a semifinal spot. This year, she went full steam ahead and swept the Miss Manila 2016 competitions by nailing her Top 5 Q&A and becoming the successor of Kaycie Lynn Fajardo. She edged out top favorite Mercegrace Raquel who took home 1st Runner-Up honors. Crowd pick Ganiel Krishnan placed 2nd Runner-Up with Kristel Guelos and Joanna Rabe filling in as 3rd and 4th Runners-Up, respectively.
Congratulations, Cristelle! You may not be the tallest, but you have proven yourself to be the mightiest. Your wish for a crown has now been fulfilled!
Miss Manila 2016 Cristelle Tolentino
Miss Manila 2015 Kaycie Lynn Fajardo will crown her successor tonight. She is wearing an Edwin Uy creation above.
For tonight’s finals of Miss Manila 2016 at the PICC Reception Hall, I short-listed twelve potential winners of the crown. Based on the photo grid below from left to right per row, they are: (first row) Chantal Roi Serafica, Mercegrace Raquel, Ganiel Akrisha Krishnan, Ramona Yamat, (second row) Krishia Antonio, Kristelle Tolentino, Roselyn Everdo, Meiji Cruz, (third row) Janette Roanne Sturm, Paola Bianca Bagaforo, Sarah Margarette Joson and Ruth Linganay.
A few familiar names actually popped up in the stated list as previous joiners of Bb. Pilipinas, Miss World Philippines, Miss Republic of the Philippines and even Bodyshots Philippines. Let us see if previous experiences will hold them in good stead during the proceedings later.
I handpicked the twelve ladies above as potential winners
For now, I am pinning my hopes on Mercegrace Raquel, Kristelle Tolentino and Chantal Roi Serafica as personal favorites. But I wouldn’t mind seeing one of my other selected ladies become Miss Manila 2016 and succeed the beautiful Kaycie Lynn Fajardo from last year.
The Coronation Night will be hosted by Edu Manzano and KC Concepcion and will have a delayed telecast on TV5.
Good luck to all the candidates!
Mercegrace Raquel is back!
You saw Mercegrace A. Raquel last during Bb. Pilipinas Gold back in 2013. She was still this 19 year-old morena
from Licab, Nueva Ecija who made heads turn with her exotic vibe and statuesque height of 5’10”. She may not have placed during that very strong batch, but many pageant followers believed that she needs to return to the competition and mature even more at the right year. She certainly took the time out. A guest relations work at Solaire Resort and Casino kept her busy as a bee ever since.
Now at 22, Mercegrace could be looking at resurrecting her pageant dreams via Bb. Pilipinas 2016. This time, she is more determined, more polished and full of soul. And methinks she has more aces up her sleeve this time around. Do you think that she has what it takes to complete an unfinished business of becoming a Queen?
Watch out for the brand-new version of Mercegrace A. Raquel soon!
A brand-new Mercegrace is on the way!
Numbers-wise, Kagandahang Flores is dominating Miss World Philippines 2013.
It just dawned on me that, compared to the single entry (Megan Young) of Aces & Queens, friendly rival Kagandahang Flores has fielded a grand total of fifteen (15) ladies for Miss World Philippines 2013. And they are as follows:
#5 Zahra Bianca Saldua
#6 Karla Patricia Alas
#7 Samantha Bernardo
#8 Frances Claire Vintola
#9 Pia Kamil Ochengco
#10 Janicel Lubina
#11 Mercegrace Raquel (do I see raised eyebrows?)😉
#12 Angelica Lopez
#13 Paula Estenzo
#14 Vina Openiano
#17 Aikah Dindah
#18 Omarie Linn osuna
#19 Bianca Paz
#24 Zandra Flores
#25 Melanie Barret
With these beauties alone, the competition is looking like a field day for the beauty camp of Rodgil Flores. Of course, given the huge percentage of their participation, the likelihood of getting a Top 5 placement is extremely high. At the same time, the mortality (or loss) rate will be higher since only a few (at most) can get to the highest tier come finals night. At any rate, the experience earned will definitely allow the non-placers the much-needed training and polish to help in their next pageant attempt/s.
The photo above also confirms that former Team JDV member Mercegrace Raquel has already hopped to her new ‘home’.
Okay, dear readers, who’s your Top 5 among the KF entries alone?😉
Below are the headshots of the 26 Miss World Philippines 2013 Official Candidates. One of them will take it all the way come August 18 and become our country’s representative to Miss World 2013 in Jakarta/Bali, Indonesia.
Who are your picks, based solely on these shots? Give me 12.
My Preferred (not Final) Twelve are: Megan Young, Zahra Saldua, Vina Openiano, Patricia Lae Ejercitado, Janicel Lubina, Ria Rabajante, Samantha Bernardo, Pia Kamil Ochengco, Bianca Paz, Zandra Flores, Mercegrace Raquel and Omarie Linn Osuna.
At this point, Megan is still my top pick.😉
Mercegrace Raquel joined MWP2013 at the very last minute. (Photo credit: Miss World Philippines)
Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide
I followed the tweets of Mercegrace Raquel (@mercegrace) during the final day (July 29) of Miss World Philippines 2013 screening. It was evident that she only decided to show up at Solaire Resort and Casino just before the closing of the extended deadline. She really had no solid intentions of joining this year. Otherwise, she would have attended the original dates of the first and second casting calls. Her heart was not into it, to sum it all up.
But now that MG has qualified, she should muster all the learnings acquired from Bb. Pilipinas 2013 and rise from that defeat to make her MWP journey more successful.
And yes, everything was unplanned. But the lovely lass from Nueva Ecija is just too happy that she did not change her mind and went with her gut. No regrets for the Team JDV bet!
How do you size up Mercegrace’s chances? Do you see her doing a lot better than Bb. Pilipinas Gold? Or will this be her last stab at pageant success?😉
My fancied ones (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide/Jory Rivera)
Six more of my fancied ones (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide/Jory Rivera)
Megan’s practically got it all (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide/Melvin Sia)
Actually, I should have titled this post “The Ones I Fancy After
Megan Young” because that is how this batch is turning out to be. It’s like Megan against the 25. I know it sounds so premature but just basing it on how they presented themselves at Solaire Resort and Casino, the Aces & Queens bet is already pulling away like a thoroughbred leaving the other running horses struggling for mere
2nd place finish at best. I’m getting ahead of my objective, though.
The eleven remaining ladies in my initial shortlist are also stand-outs in their own way. Patricia Lae Ejercitado, Ria Rabajante and Zahra Saldua come closest imho, with Pia Kamil Ochengco and Nicole Marable shaping up as as this year’s possible spoilers. Ma. Paula Bianca may have re-packaged herself somewhat, but the nose knows that she might have a harder time pulling in a Top 5 spot unless someone intervenes. I like Vina Openiano enough to be cited as another fancied one. But with the way she handled her Mutya Q&A, I’m putting my reservations in check. Mercegrace Raquel is capable of doing slightly better than what she accomplished in BBP Gold, but that should be it so far. Samantha Bernardo and Jennyline Malpaya are still raw, but the potentials can be sighted. And Paula Estenzo being the tallest should mean something for Cory Quirino.
So where is Janicel Lubina in all of this? Well, she is in my Top 15 (along with Zandra Flores and Ma. Lily Salazar) if only I decided to share that much number.
My list will definitely get a shakedown still, but only from #2 to #12.😉
P.S. Watch the video of the Press Presentation HERE.